“Ground control to Major Tom” indeed. In a remarkable coincidence astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, has been treated by Dr David Bowie in a New Zealand hospital after being evacuated from the South Pole.

Aldrin’s manager and mission control director Christina Korp has posted about the bizarre collision of names on her Facebook account.

“Thank heaven @TheRealBuzz’s doctor is David Bowie. You can’t make this stuff up,” she wrote.

Christina also posted a photo of the famous astronaut with his name-famous doctor.

“.@TheRealBuzz’s daughter Jan has arrived into NZ. Just in time for the wonderful Dr David Bowie to say maybe 1-2 days til we can go home”.

86-year Aldrin was exploring the South Pole when he fell ill on the weekend and was flown to Christchurch, New Zealand for treatment.

David Bowie’s first global hit was the song ‘Space Oddity’, written just days after the first moon landing.

Before Aldrin and co went to the moon and sent back colour pictures no-one of Earth knew ‘planet earth was blue’. ‘Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing we can do” was the main part of the Bowie ‘Space Oddity’ song.